Foreign Language Policy

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC WRITING (CAW)

 FOREIGN LANGUAGE POLICY

 

Registration and placement

  • The CAW offers foreign language courses in six languages: Hungarian, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish in 3 trimesters, fall, winter and spring in an academic year, typically in the evening hours.
  • Language courses are open to CEU students, alumni, faculty, and staff members and also to visitors from outside of the university. Chinese courses can only be attended by CEU community members.
  • All applicants should have a moderate level of English language knowledge.
  • CEU students, faculty and staff members are required to register for foreign languages courses in Infosys during the registration period.
  • Visitors are required to register for foreign languages courses by either filling in the Enrolment Form in person in the CAW offices Nador 15 216 or 210, or electronically by downloading it from http://caw.ceu.edu/foreign-languages and emailing it to foreign_languages@ceu.edu before the registration deadline. Emailed registrations come to effect only once confirmed by the CAW Office. 
  • Once registration is closed, enrollment is only possible if places are available and the teacher of the group agrees to admit the new participant.
  • It is mandatory to fill in a placement test for all non-beginner level courses unless the applicant took a course with us in the same language, one level lower in the previous term.
  • In order to attend our courses, visitors have to provide us with a passport or ID card scan and a Consent Form in which they give consent to us to handle their personal data in order for a CEU Guest Card to be issued for them.

 

Language course fees

  • All language courses are fee-paying, except for Chinese courses.
  • Applicants can only start attending a foreign language course once they have paid the course fee.
  • Applicants who are allowed to join language courses after the end of the registration period are not eligible for any discount from their course fee
  • The course fee must be paid either in cash at the CEU Cash Desk or via the CEU Online Payment System by the end of the registration period. When paying in cash, participants are asked to present an Infosys printout of their courses, containing the foreign language course they wish to pay for, or the Enrolment Form stamped by CAW. When paying online, participants are asked to indicate their course title, level and group number in the comment section.

 

Running and cancelling language courses

  • As a rule, language courses run if at least 6 participants have enrolled in them and have paid the course fee by the end of the registration period. Hungarian beginner courses can only run if at least 8 people have enrolled in and paid for them. The maximum student number per group is 15.
  • If the registration rate is too low to run a language course, it will be cancelled in that term. In these cases, the course fee will be reimbursed at the CEU Cash Desk upon presenting the receipt of payment or by bank transfer upon request.

 

Dropping language courses

  • Participants can drop a language course until the last day of the registration period. Before that date, the course fee that was already paid will be reimbursed. However, once the course starts, we are unable to reimburse the course fee under any circumstances (be it illness or unexpected changes in the schedule).
  • If members of the CEU community fail to drop a foreign language course in time (within the registration period) in Infosys, or stop attending the course, they will receive an AF or a WN at the end of the course. In order to prevent that, once they have paid the course fee, they can turn to the Student Records Office and ask them to drop the course upon paying the late drop fee of 5000 HUF. 

 

Successful language course completion requirements

  • For the successful completion of a language course, participants cannot miss more than 3 sessions in the Fall and Winter terms and 2 sessions in the Spring term.
  • For the successful completion of a language course, participants are required to take a written or an oral test at the end of the term.